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Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area

  • 4.7

  • from 11 Google reviews

A person standing in front of a river
A person standing in front of a river

About the garden

The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness is known for its rugged, wild landscape, with exceptional rock formations carved by the elements. This mountainous area lies about 120km north of Cape Town, near Porterville.

The greater Groot Winterhoek conservation area is particularly important for protecting mountain fynbos and wildlife. It is also one of Cape Town’s sources of fresh, clean water, and is a World Heritage Site.

This area is rich in history, with ancient rock paintings by the San and Khoi people, and the oldest farm established in 1875. Early settlers in the area used animals to transport produce and supplies between Porterville and Saron. Their tracks are still visible above Driebosch and Weltevrede.

As Groot Winterhoek’s name suggests, winters are cold and wet. Winter nights are very cold, with temperatures below freezing. Summers are moderate, but hikers should always be prepared for sudden cold and mist.

There’s plenty to do in Groot Winterhoek, including various day and overnight hikes, crystal-clear mountain pools and mountain biking.

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h30 to 16h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 11 Google reviews

Mariana Nel

2 months ago


Awesome experience... We did the overnight hike. House was clean and comfortable. Amazing environment.


2 years ago


This wilderness experience was an experience of a lifetime, seeing all the amazing views and just appreciatkmg nature as a whole. It's something everyone should experience because we never sacrifice time away from our busy lives to experience these things.


a year ago


Peaceful nature, wilderness experience

Nasser Valli

12 months ago


Stunningly beautiful! A must visit.

Marc Plastow

3 years ago


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+27 (0)22 931 2860

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